Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Top Off Tuesday & Review: A Prairie Dog's Love Song by Eli Easton

Title: A Prairie Dog's Love Song
Author: Eli Easton
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: -
Main Characters: Ben and Joshua
Release Date: December 2013
Publisher: Dreamspinner
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Ben Rivers always was a showman. He won awards in 4-H and rodeo competitions from the time he could walk, and he’s happiest in the spotlight. So when he got the chance to be a star—in porn—he took it. He still loves Montana and everything about being a cowboy, but when news of his alternate identity leaks out, he figures he’s lost the town’s goodwill forever. Clyde’s Corner would never accept an openly gay cowboy, even a hometown boy born and bred. 

Joshua Braintree always had the notion that he and his best friend’s kid brother, Ben, would end up together. Ben’s always been a diehard cowboy, just like him: they need the land and its freedom as much as they need air. So when Joshua learns Ben moved away from their small Montana town to be a porn star in Vegas, he can hardly believe it. He’s determined to finally declare himself and bring Ben home. 

Despite his longtime crush on Joshua, Ben won’t be as easy to tame as Joshua’s “lost cause” horses. It will take a lot of heart and holiday spirit for Joshua to convince Ben that even old prairie dogs can learn new tricks in the name of love. 

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2013 Advent Calendar package "Heartwarming".

My Review:

I loved this story. The set-up was perfection. As a reader, I could feel Joshua's pain when he discovered what Ben had been doing with other men. The emotions pulled at him...both arousal and extreme disappointment. What he's been watching Ben do on camera was what he thought they would be doing together...eventually. Imagine the pain of that, the pain of realizing that he waited too long to act on his attraction to Ben. But by the time he does discover it, he's too late in another regard. Now all of their hometown which is a small town and fairly traditional in their beliefs knows about the porn and that Ben is gay. He thinks there's no way he can ever return home again. And the story just goes on from there...

I loved the emotions behind this book. It's a novella, but it reads like a full-length novel. There's a long history of friendship between these two men, but neither one ever acted on their attraction...never the right time. But there's also the emotions of living up to their dreams and on the flip-side....living up to the expectations of this small town and what these men should be vs. what they truly are. I liked Joshua and how he manages to juggle all those things, even though he's feeling overwhelmed by all of it throughout most of the movie. This is a guy who holds a lot of responsibility and respect in this town. As a result, he could lose it all by standing up for what he wants and is.

This book is so good. It starts out in an unlikely manner for a romance novel, and it develops to another level with a message about acceptance and love that I adored. It was a great book and i hope to add it to my yearly Christmas reading...although, I will say this is a novella that would be good to read any time of the year. The climax of it just takes place during the holiday season.

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Amanda @ On a Book Bender said...

I like that the nod to winter scenes is "Let's put an open jacket on him" so we still get bare chest. *thumbs up* Sounds like a good story, too.

Felicia S said...

Now I just want to hug Ben! I think it would be heart breaking!

It must be the day for cowboys and open jackets in the snow :)

Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal said...

More cowboys! YAY! *laughs at Amanda's comment*

Book Savvy Babe said...

cowboys in the snow, resisting cold nipples... it's a new trend :) Great review though, sounds like a sweet read. My top-off is over @Got Fiction Blog

Ashley Montgomery said...

What's better than a hot cowboy for Christmas? Love it!